Mayor urges Lexington residents to stay indoors

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Mayor Jim Gray held a press conference Saturday afternoon to update residents on road conditions and urge them to stay indoors during the snowy weather.

“Our road crews have been out all night and continue today on a 24-hour cycle, but the snow fall and the wind have left a lot of snow on the streets,” Gray said.

Gray says road crews need to be able to clear the roads, and the fewer vehicles on the streets the easier it will be for them to do their jobs.

Gray also urged citizens to watch out for their neighbors, particularly the elderly who may live alone, those with special needs and pets.

Gray said he talked to Fayette County Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton this morning. Shelton confirmed weekend school activities are canceled.

The schools are monitoring the weather through Sunday and will make a decision about Monday classes as early as possible on Sunday evening.

Charles Martin, acting Commissioner of Environmental Quality for Public works says that road conditions have been poor this morning and road crews will be able to make more progress on them as soon as the winds die down.

He warned that streets are slick and there is ice under the snow in many locations.

The city has a sufficient amount of salt on hand to get through this weather event, and more on order.

The city has 42 salt trucks with plows plus three salt brine trucks, two of which have plows.

Police Chief Ronnie Bastin urges drivers to use caution if they need to go out and to leave room between them and the car in front of them.

Police report the main roads, including the interstates, have about 60-65% of the pavement visible. Secondary roads are snow covered.

There have been 25 non injury and one injury since 5 a.m.

Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz said firefighters are getting a lot of calls from falls and from heart problems related to snow shoveling.

24-hour shelters open this weekend are:
• Catholic Action Center, 400 East 5th St.
• Community Action Council West End Community Center, Georgetown Street.
• Hope Center Emergency Shelter for Men, 360 W. Loudon Ave.
• Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, 722 W. Main St.
• Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center (youth 0-17), 536 W. Third St.

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